Margaret Atwood is known for writing speculative fiction novels set in the future. Her 2003 novel, Oryx and Crake is no different. This story takes place in a world where corporations rule this dystopian world. The world’s population has been decimated, thanks to a virus that was spread under the guise of the health supplement BlyssPluss. Before that though, the future was looking bleak already, having the intellectuals living in corporate sponsored walled compounds, and the less fortunate living in the “pleeblands”; home to individuals described as being “the addicts, the muggers, the paupers, the crazies” of the world (Atwood Page 27).
Imagine living in a world where people are not content with who they are, and as a result are always striving for perfection, which as learned through Oryx and Crake is unachievable without consequences. This world, portrayed in Margaret Atwood’s book, displays the different factors of how society has changed through time and displays the negative effects of people’s need to be flawless. This aspiration for unattainable perfection leads to the destruction of the society through unethical behavior, segregation, and technological advancement. Although these repercussions may seem like a small price to pay for perfection they will ultimately destroy the world as they know it.
Oryx and Crake is a novel set in a dystopian future in Eastern North America. This book was written by Margaret Atwood and published in May 2003. The book is written in the third person and there are three main characters, Oryx, Crake and Jimmy/Snowman, but Jimmy/Snowman’s thoughts are the only one that readers are able to know. Jimmy/Snowman is the main protagonist of the story. He is known as Jimmy when recalling stories from before the world ended and known as Snowman in the current world they live in after the world ended. He is also known as the leader of the Crakers, the modified humans created by Crake that now live in this new world. Crake was his best friend when they were younger and he was known as the smarter once since he was good at science while Jimmy was good with humanities and in the world, they live in science is held as a higher standard than anything else. Crake is a bit egotistical in the way that he believes that he solely can fix the world’s problems. Crake has a friend that works for him after the epidemic occurs and her name is Oryx. Oryx is a sex slave and she met Crake when she was assigned to Crake by the Watson-Crick Institute. Oryx takes care of the Crakers along with Snowman. Snowman believes he recognizes Oryx from a pornographic video that he and Crake saw when they were younger which leads to
Ma and Rose of Sharon look at each other and they agree that Rose of Sharon should use her milk, that she doesn’t need because her baby was stillborn, and feed this old man. Everyone gets out of the barn, and she feeds him. Now the weirdest part of all is that while she is feeding him, she starts to smile a mysterious smile. There are so many things that are just not right in any
They thought it was going to be a normal investigation, but it turns out to be the scariest day of their lives. Bree and Neil are haunted by scary nightmares,visions and a ghost who wants people to know about her death. Wanting to find answer, they go to the extreme. Breaking into houses, going to the library and even going to a retirement home where Janet Reilly, or better known as Nurse Janet is living. Bree and Neil get an unsuspected twist when a friendly neighbor, Andy, turns out to be Rebecca's dad and is also the killer of Rebecca's mom, Alice, and even Rebecca.
When a person is falsely accused of a crime the most important element is courage. This is shown in The Crucibles by Arthur Miller and The Majestic by Frank Darabont. John proctor who was accused a witchcraft and Peter Apple who was accused of being a communist both find the bravery they need to stand up for themselves despite the consequence they might face. Eventually even though, the two protagonists face similar situations the outcome of their trials is different.
She struggles to explain the aspects of the childhood of her daughter, Emily, in which she influenced her personality. The narrator was alone with a child during Great Depression times; she had to work to earn their living and often left her baby with a neighbor. However, during Emily’s childhood, the narrator tried to make best out of situations. The narrator understands that there was a lack of attention to her oldest child. As an example, she remembers the story of when her second daughter was born, and Emily got the measles and was not able to share that moment with her family for two whole weeks.
One technology found in Oryx and Crake that has a parallel to one found in our world would be the spray gun (the weapon that Jimmy shot Crake with). Inspired by the popularity of the ray gun in science fiction of the 1940’s, the spray gun is a lethal weapon in Jimmy’s world that is powered by virtual bullets. In real life, there is LAWS: the Laser Weapon System, developed by the US Navy, and currently housed aboard the USS Ponce. This laser utilizes concentrated infrared radiation at varying intensities and is capable of emitting a “warning” optical glare, a control system knockout blast, and finally, a destruction shot. As for my opinion on this technology, I am fairly neutral. I am not one who is particularly fond of weapons, but I don’t
Psychologists and Pseudo-Scientists have long sought to explain the inborn human desire for self destruction. Selfishness against one’s own benefit, the urge to harm or take on harm for the sake of one’s own security, drinking, smoking, these clearly injurious thoughts and actions seduce individuals by an instinct Freud coins the “Death Drive” (Beyond the Pleasure Principle 30). Moreover, as advances in genetic engineering tear the veil between science fiction and fact, modern critics have questioned how this suicidal drive may push into uncharted frontiers. Such concerns have fostered a fear of unadulterated scientific progress captured within the works of Margaret Atwood. Oryx and Crake, especially, utilizes almost hyperbolic predictions of scientific innovation as evidence of a deeper self-destructive nature, and as justification for fear. As a result, Atwood criticizes this death drive by imbuing her society’s tenants, culture, and interpersonal relationships with this sense of inevitable self-destruction.
In society, there are those who are highly regarded, and those who are looked down upon. This system displays itself through exclusive gated communities. Those who are high up in society separate themselves from those who are of lower status by locking themselves in private residences. In Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, the employees of powerful companies are the most valued and live in compounds. In The Corporation by Joel Bakan, white, affluent families are the most valued and live in fantasy worlds. In both mediums, those who are part of the lower class are excluded and misunderstood by the upper class.
Marilyn’s troubled past promoted her decision to pressure her daughter, which eventually led to her demise. For example, after Lydia said that she lost her mother’s cookbook, Marilyn thought, “It was a sign, Marilyn decided. For her, it was too late. But it wasn’t too late for Lydia. Marilyn would not be like her own mother shunting her daughter toward husband and house, a life spent safely behind a deadbolt.”
The more traditional framework that would have been used would have been the scientific biomedical framework. This framework is a model that does not take into consideration the psychological and social factors which may be contributing to a person’s illness; the illness is simply seen in biological terms. This ideology is far outdated, and one can see this simply by reading the WHO’s most recent definition of health, mentioned in the opening of this paper. This model views medications as the resolution to all illnesses, however we know that in today’s society, medications can often cause further problems- for example the creation of superbugs such as MRSA in the hospital system, bugs that as a result of overexposure to antibiotics have now become immune to the medication’s effects, and can therefore be detrimental to a patient’s health. By choosing to concentrate merely on biological impacts on health, a vast array of other factors, such as the environment, the money invested in public health care systems and many more, are ignored.
Meanwhile the affected men were made to believe that they were receiving treatment but they weren’t receiving anything at all. The goal of the U.S Public Health Services was to study this disease in order to see how it reacts in the black
A careless choice made by one person can certainly impact the society as a whole in such ways that can be life-changing. No one in the world could have even dreamt of encountering with Ebola, a lethal and deadly virus, with a mortality rate similar to that of the infamous Black Death during the Middle ages which wiped out a third of the world’s population. However, destiny proved them wrong, for Ebola became an explosive topic worldwide with its highly contagious nature. Furthermore, because of its vagueness in modern science, many people carried and transmitted the disease without knowledge of doing so themselves. In the novel, The Hot Zone, Richard Preston describes the horrid consequences that manifested as a result of the inadvertent decisions